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We have started to collect the most important news related to France in November 2005. By default, most recent news are listed first.

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France: news

Sarkozy challenger flour-bombed

Wednesday, February 1st 2012, 17:33

A woman hurls flour at the Socialist favourite in the French presidential election, Francois Hollande, at a campaign appearance in Paris.
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VIDEO: Flour thrown at French candidate

Wednesday, February 1st 2012, 17:05
related places: Paris

A protester has thrown flour at France's Socialist front-runner Francois Hollande during a speech on housing in Paris.
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Olympic art recreates masterpiece

Wednesday, February 1st 2012, 0:30
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom

London Olympic Park workers recreate French masterpiece
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French close in on India jet deal

Tuesday, January 31st 2012, 18:12
related countries: India India

French firm Dassault emerges as preferred bidder for a $10bn contract to supply jet fighters to India, in a major setback for Eurofighter.
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Genocide bill faces court hurdle

Tuesday, January 31st 2012, 13:46

A French bill that makes it a criminal offence to deny that genocide was committed against Armenians has been referred to France's highest court.
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French honour for singer Shakira

Tuesday, January 31st 2012, 10:37
related places: Cannes

Singer Shakira receives the French culture medal in Cannes for her contribution to the world of fine arts.
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AUDIO: 'Children killed by snipers in Homs'

Monday, January 30th 2012, 17:52
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Homs

Two children have been shot dead by snipers loyal to President Bashar al-Assad's regime in Homs in recent days, according to a French photographer who has been visiting the Syrian city.
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France cuts 2012 growth forecast

Monday, January 30th 2012, 15:18

France cuts its growth forecast for this year to 0.5% from 1% to "take into account the deterioration of the economic situation".
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Sarkozy sets out 'Robin Hood' tax

Monday, January 30th 2012, 0:33

French President Nicolas Sarkozy announces the introduction of a tax on financial transactions, as the presidential election looms.
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Karzai thanks UK for 'sacrifice'

Saturday, January 28th 2012, 15:46
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan, United Kingdom United Kingdom

Afghanistan's President Hamid Karzai thanks the British people for sacrificing "blood and treasure" for the future of his country.
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Escaping the Gestapo

Saturday, January 28th 2012, 0:14

Betrayal and escape in the French resistance
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France to resume Afghan training

Friday, January 27th 2012, 17:49
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan
related places: Paris

French troops will resume training Afghan soldiers on Saturday but Paris will pull out most of its troops by the end of 2013, President Nicolas Sarkozy says.
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Winslet to receive Cesar honour

Friday, January 27th 2012, 14:41
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Cesar

British actress Kate Winslet is to receive an honorary Cesar Award and drama Poliss is nominated for 13 prizes at France's equivalent of the Oscars.
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Breast implant boss faces charges

Friday, January 27th 2012, 0:36

The owner of a French breast implant maker at the centre of an international safety scare faces charges of "involuntary injury", his lawyer says.
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Hollande: Tax rich to cut deficit

Thursday, January 26th 2012, 22:51

French Socialist presidential candidate Francois Hollande sets out election policies that target the rich to tackle the country's budget deficit.
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Francois Bayrou and self-belief

Wednesday, January 25th 2012, 0:38

Francois Bayrou and his hopes for the French presidency
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VIDEO: Turkey says French bill 'racist'

Tuesday, January 24th 2012, 17:36
related countries: Turkey Turkey

The Turkish prime minister has said a bill passed by the French parliament on the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule is "racist".
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French 'to stay in Afghanistan'

Tuesday, January 24th 2012, 16:38
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

France is not planning to withdraw its troops from Afghanistan by the end of this year, French Foreign Minister Alain Juppe says.
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Turkey says French bill 'racist'

Tuesday, January 24th 2012, 13:03
related countries: Turkey Turkey

The Turkish prime minister says a bill passed by the French parliament on the mass killing of Armenians under Ottoman rule is "racist".
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VIDEO: Turkey vents fury at French vote

Tuesday, January 24th 2012, 3:21
related countries: Turkey Turkey

Turkey has reacted with fury to the latest move by French lawmakers to condemn the mass killing of Armenians by Turks in 1915.
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France returns Maori heads to NZ

Tuesday, January 24th 2012, 2:42
related countries: New Zealand New Zealand

French authorities return 20 mummified heads of Maori warriors to New Zealand in what is the single largest handover to date, according to officials.
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French Senate passes genocide law

Monday, January 23rd 2012, 22:41
related countries: Armenia Armenia, Turkey Turkey

The French Senate approves a controversial bill that makes it a criminal offence to deny that Turks committed genocide against Armenians during World War I.
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Gold diggers shoot-out kills nine

Sunday, January 22nd 2012, 15:52
related countries: French Guiana French Guiana

Nine gold diggers are killed in a gunfight between rival gangs at a remote site in French Guiana, during a visit to the territory by President Sarkozy.
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French shot dead in Afghanistan

Friday, January 20th 2012, 22:52
related countries: Afghanistan Afghanistan

France suspends its military training operations in Afghanistan after four French soldiers are shot dead in an incident involving a member of the Afghan army.
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Turkey asks France to reject bill

Friday, January 20th 2012, 18:02
related countries: Turkey Turkey

The Turkish foreign minister asks France's Senate to reject a bill criminalising genocide denial, as it moves closer to becoming law.
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France grapples with job conundrum

Friday, January 20th 2012, 16:37

France grapples with its growing unemployment problem
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France and Iran share film spoils

Friday, January 20th 2012, 11:56
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: London

French film The Artist and Iranian film A Separation have triumphed at the London Critics Circle awards.
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Voltaire's English letters found

Friday, January 20th 2012, 3:47
related countries: United Kingdom United Kingdom
related places: Oxford

An Oxford academic has uncovered letters by Voltaire, which reveal how much this icon of French writing profited financially and intellectually from a stay in England.
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New role for Strauss-Kahn's wife

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 12:37
related countries: United States United States
related places: Strauss

The wife of former IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn is to edit a French edition of the US news and opinion website Huffington Post.
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Bulgaria bans shale gas drilling

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 11:13
related countries: Bulgaria Bulgaria

Bulgaria becomes the second European country after France to ban test drilling for shale gas using the controversial "fracking" method.
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PSG set to open talks with Tevez

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 9:12

Carlos Tevez's advisor will hold talks with French club Paris St Germain on Thursday over a possible transfer.
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Murray v Roger-Vasselin as it happened

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 5:53
related countries: Aruba Aruba

Britain's Andy Murray beats Edouard Roger-Vasselin to reach round three of the Australian Open.
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VIDEO: How will Sarkozy boost popularity?

Thursday, January 19th 2012, 5:49

He is grappling with a rising jobless rate and the fallout from last week's decision by Standard and Poor's to downgrade France's triple-A credit status.
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Beckham signs new LA Galaxy deal

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 23:53

David Beckham decides to remain at LA Galaxy after signing a new two-year deal with the club.
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VIDEO: Sarkozy to build 'new growth model'

Wednesday, January 18th 2012, 9:17

French President Nicolas Sarkozy to meet unions to discuss reforms to boost employment and competitiveness.
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Moody's keeps French AAA rating

Monday, January 16th 2012, 17:12

Ratings agency Moody's is maintaining France's top AAA credit rating for now, three days after it was downgraded by another agency.
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French police on trial over death

Monday, January 16th 2012, 16:24

Seven police officers go on trial in the south of France over the fatal suffocation of a 22-year-old detainee, Hakim Ajimi, in 2008.
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Asian stocks fall on ratings cuts

Monday, January 16th 2012, 9:15

Asian stock markets fall after Standard & Poor's cut the credit rating for France and a number of other European countries.
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VIDEO: Europe attacks downgrade decision

Saturday, January 14th 2012, 18:14

Europe's top economic official has criticised the decision by Standard and Poor's to downgrade the credit ratings of nine eurozone countries, including stripping France of its AAA rating.
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France downplays rating downgrade

Saturday, January 14th 2012, 13:04

French PM Francois Fillon defends his government's economic policies following the decision by Standard and Poor's to downgrade the country's credit rating.
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France top AAA credit rating lost

Friday, January 13th 2012, 22:57

France loses a top AAA credit rating as nine eurozone governments are downgraded by Standard & Poor's prompting markets to fall.
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UN backs French Sikhs on turbans

Friday, January 13th 2012, 17:51

A Sikh man wins UN support for his campaign for the right of Sikhs in France to wear turbans when having ID photos taken.
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Easyjet guilty in disability case

Friday, January 13th 2012, 17:47

A French court finds low-cost airline Easyjet guilty of discriminating against three disabled passengers who were denied access to a plane.
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Romney panned for speaking French

Friday, January 13th 2012, 15:44

Republican presidential front-runner Mitt Romney is skewered in a new political attack ad - for speaking French.
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The end of the mademoiselle?

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 13:24

Is the end of the French mademoiselle drawing closer?
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Kakuta completes Dijon loan deal

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 11:09
related places: Dijon

Chelsea winger Gael Kakuta joins French side Dijon on loan until the end of the season.
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Deneuve to receive Chaplin Award

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 9:16

French actress Catherine Deneuve, best known for starring in the films Indochine and The Last Metro, will receive the 39th annual Chaplin Award.
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VIDEO: French journalist killed in Syria

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 4:38
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Homs

French journalist Gilles Jacquier has been killed in a grenade attack in the Syrian central city of Homs.
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VIDEO: The French women who defied the Nazis

Thursday, January 12th 2012, 2:13

Caroline Moorehead's book, A Train in Winter, takes a different approach to telling the story of the Nazi occupation of France.
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French journalist killed in Syria

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 21:47
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Homs

French TV reporter Gilles Jacquier becomes the first Western journalist to die in Syria's unrest, during a government-authorised trip to Homs.
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VIDEO: French journalist killed in Syria

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 21:28
related countries: Syria Syria
related places: Homs

French TV reporter Gilles Jacquier has been killed in the Syrian city of Homs, the first Western journalist to die in the country's current unrest.
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Court rejects Renault challenge

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 15:37
related places: Renault

A French court rejects a bid by heirs of the founder of Renault for compensation for the loss of the car firm, saying it cannot rule on the issue.
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Dutch advised to remove implants

Wednesday, January 11th 2012, 14:52
related countries: Netherlands Netherlands

The Netherlands becomes the latest country to advise women with breast implants from a French firm at the centre of a health scare should have them removed.
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US condemns hardline Assad speech

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 22:44
related countries: Syria Syria, United States United States

The US and France condemn a speech by Syrian President Bashar al-Assad which blamed a foreign plot for the 10-month uprising against his rule.
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Rise in French industrial output

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 11:20

French industrial output rose by a greater-then-expected 1.1% in November, lifted by production of electronic equipment and refinery output.
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French actress Denise Darcel dies

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 10:10

French-born actress Denise Darcel, who starred in films including Vera Cruz and Tarzan and the Slave Girl, dies at the age of 87.
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Artist music criticised by Novak

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 9:22

The French director of The Artist defends using music from Alfred Hitchcock's Vertigo in his Oscar-tipped film after a strongly-worded complaint from its star Kim Novak.
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Cantona enters presidential race

Tuesday, January 10th 2012, 0:08

Former Manchester United striker Eric Cantona reveals he wants to be the next president of France.
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Guinea-Bissau leader dies at 64

Monday, January 9th 2012, 16:17
related countries: Guinea-Bissau Guinea-Bissau

The president of the West African country of Guinea-Bissau, Malam Bacai Sanha, dies in a French hospital at the age of 64.
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Hundreds of SeaFrance jobs to go

Monday, January 9th 2012, 15:31

Ferry firm SeaFrance is to shed 127 jobs in the UK and hundreds more in France after it is liquidated by a French court.
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Merkel: Greece debt deal urgent

Monday, January 9th 2012, 14:24

A deal with Greek bondholders must come soon for Greece to receive a vital second bailout, Germany's Chancellor Merkel says.
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Video tracks stricken Mars probe

Friday, January 6th 2012, 14:46
related countries: Russia Russia
related places: Mars, Paris

The failed Russian Mars probe Phobos-Grunt is pictured moving across the sky by the Paris-based amateur astronomer Thierry Legault.
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GB rival Bauge stripped of golds

Friday, January 6th 2012, 12:02
related places: Bauge

French track cyclist Gregory Bauge, a key rival of Britons Sir Chris Hoy and Jason Kenny, loses two world titles following a suspension for drug test infringements.
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VIDEO: Camembert makers in row over name

Friday, January 6th 2012, 10:32

Traditional cheese makers in France plan to take their industrial-scale competitors to court in a row over who can legally call their product Camembert of Normandy.
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Implant boss 'dismissed' concerns

Friday, January 6th 2012, 9:38

The French breast implant firm boss at the centre of safety fears told police in 2010 he had nothing to say to women facing surgery to remove them.
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VIDEO: France cracks down on Roma gangs

Friday, January 6th 2012, 5:42

The French government has issued deportation notices to hundreds of Roma people, in what they say is an effort to crack down on gangs using children to beg and pick pockets.
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French crack down on Roma gangs

Friday, January 6th 2012, 1:16

French efforts to deal with Roma migrants find limited success
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Euro declines over banking fears

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 23:50

The euro drops to its lowest rate against the dollar and pound in 16 months as concerns continue over the health of Europe's banks.
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Naked man embarrasses French firm

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 12:03

A French fashion label's photo gaffe showing a naked man behind a group of children goes viral on the internet.
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Marie Antoinette to open Berlin

Thursday, January 5th 2012, 9:15
related countries: Germany Germany
related places: Berlin

A drama set around the French Revolution, in which German-born Diane Kruger plays Marie Antoinette, will launch the Berlin Film Festival next month.
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Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 21:34
related places: Paris

The biggest architectural feat since the famous glass pyramid, the gallery that will house the Louvre's Islamic art collection is unveiled in Paris
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Salma Hayek becomes French knight

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 15:48

Film star Salma Hayek is awarded one of France's top honours by President Nicolas Sarkozy.
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French Senate to vote on genocide

Wednesday, January 4th 2012, 12:16

The French Senate is to vote this month on a bill making it illegal to deny that the mass killing of Armenians was genocide, reports say.
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'Gold' found on Paris train fake

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 15:20
related places: Paris

Twenty gold-coloured bars found in a case on a suburban Paris train have turned out not be be made of gold, police say.
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Safety demand for French reactors

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 13:42

France's nuclear watchdog wants the country's 58 power plants to improve safety quickly but says none needs to be shut down.
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France urges new Iran sanctions

Tuesday, January 3rd 2012, 10:20
related countries: Iran Iran, United States United States

France says the EU should follow the US in imposing stricter sanctions on Tehran, as Iran's currency falls again amid worries over their impact.
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'Fuel additive in breast implant'

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 16:05

A fuel additive untested in clinical trials was used in breast implants that have since been banned, French radio station RTL reports.
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Leaders set first 2012 euro date

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 15:26
related countries: Germany Germany

German Chancellor Angela Merkel and French President Nicholas Sarkozy agree their first meeting of 2012 to discuss the eurozone debt crisis.
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Surgeon urges removal of implants

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 15:08

A senior plastic surgeon advising the government wants faulty breast implants removed, following a health scare in France.
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French Somme people pick new name

Monday, January 2nd 2012, 10:41
related places: Somme

The inhabitants of the Somme region in northern France pick a new name for themselves - "Samariens".
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